The Alternate Express

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The Alternate Express
The Alternate Express.jpg
Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1989
Recorded January, 1989
Genre Jazz
Length 51:09
Label DIW
Producer Art Ensemble of Chicago
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Ancient to the Future
(1987)Ancient to the Future1987
The Alternate Express
Art Ensemble of Soweto
(1990)Art Ensemble of Soweto1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

The Alternate Express is a 1989 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago released on the Japanese DIW label. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut and Don Moye.


The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick describes the album as "only occasionally rising to the level of excitement and inspiration evinced on recordings from the late '60s and early '70s". [2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Whatever Happens" (Bowie) - 9:59
  2. "And There Was Peace" (Mitchell) - 5:28
  3. "Imaginary Situations" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 9:28
  4. "Kush" (Favors, Moye) - 21:40
  5. "The Alternate Express" (Mitchell) - 4:25
  • Recorded January 1989 in Chicago



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Olewnick. B. Allmusic review accessed February 12, 2009.